The 12 Worst Trains of Christmas
Metra Dec. 2015
Jan. 13, 2016 | By Michael Schmitt
For some holiday "fun," let's take a look at the worst performing trains across each of Metra's 11 lines in December 2015 (plus one special mention). All of them deviated quite a bit from Metra's 97.4% OTA and were under Metra's 95% OTA benchmark. Call it the 12 worst trains of Christmas...
(All OTA listings use Metra's definition of "late," that is, 6 minutes or more late at the train's final destination. More info on that can be found from Metra here and from me here.)
1 - Milwaukee District West: #2255
The #2255 train departs Union Station outbound Mon-Fri at 10:40pm.
Avg. delay: 5.6 minutes
Worst delay: 30 minutes on Monday, 12/28
2 - Union Pacific West: #30
The #30 train departs Ogilvie outbound Mon-Fri at 12:35pm.
Avg. delay: 3.1 minutes
Worst delay: 180 minutes on Christmas Eve.
3 - Electric District: #120
The #120 train departs University Park inbound Mon-Fri at 5:53am.
Avg. delay: 5.9 minutes
Worst delay: 60 minutes on Thursday, 12/03
4 - BNSF: #1245
The #1245 train departs Union Station outbound Mon-Fri at 4:02pm.
Avg. delay: 2 minutes
Worst delay: 18 minutes on Wednesday, 12/16
5 - Union Pacific Northwest: #634
The #634 train departs Barrington inbound Mon-Fri at 7:47am.
Avg. delay: 2.3 minutes
Worst delay: 11 minutes on Wednesday, 12/02.
6 - Milwaukee District North: #2132
The #2132 train departs Fox Lake inbound for Union Station Mon-Fri at 10:45am.
Avg. delay: 3.6 minutes
Worst delay: 14 minutes on Christmas Eve
7 - SouthWest Service: #842
The #842 train departs 179th St. (Orland Park) inbound Mon-Fri at 9:47pm.
Avg. delay: 2.1 minutes
Worst delay: 19 minutes on Monday, 12/14
8 - Heritage Corridor: #921
The #921 train departs Union Station outbound Mon-Fri at 6:12pm.
Avg. delay: 3 minutes
Worst delay: 51 minutes on Friday, 12/11
9 - Union Pacific North: #325
The #325 train departs Ogilvie outbound Mon-Fri at 12:35pm.
Avg. delay: 9.2 minutes
Worst delay: N/A
10 - North Central Service: #110
The #110 train departs Antioch inbound Mon-Fri at 6:49am.
Avg. delay: 4.1 minutes
Worst delay: 27 minutes on Monday, 12/07
11 - Rock Island District: #526
The #526 train departs Joliet inbound Mon-Fri at 6:15pm.
Avg. delay: 4 minutes
Worst delay: 38 minutes on New Year's Eve
12 - Special Mention: Electric District #702
The #702 train departs University Park inbound Mon-Fri at 6:55am. It managed an average delay across December of 18.6 minutes, more than 5x Metra's systemwide average.
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